iOS App ‘ASHTON EATON’S DECATHLON 2012’
Having previously published a ‘concept’ video for a decathlon app, Elite Systems, the long established UK based developer and electronic publisher of games for portable, mobile and other devices has confirmed that it will be releasing a unique range of iOS apps to celebrate the achievements of the world’s greatest decathletes of the last 30 years. The range, which will be launched by the current World Record holder in the decathlon, American icon, Ashton Eaton (full title, ‘ASHTON EATON’S DECATHLON 2012’) has been scheduled for release during the weekend of 3rd August, 2012 – the opening day of the track and field events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Release To Celebrate Achievements At OLYMPIC GAMES
Commenting upon the launch plans, Elite’s MD Steve Wilcox said,
“This game, ASHTON EATON’S DECATHLON 2012 is the spiritual successor to Track & Field an Olympic-themed sports arcade game developed and published by Konami in 1983. This game is being released to celebrate Ashton Eaton's achievements as the reigning World Record holder in the decathlon and as the World Indoor champion in the heptathlon.
“The game's loading screens feature packing art originally created in 1984, by Bob Wakelin.”
Celebrate the spirit of this summer's games with America's greatest ever decathletes and compete in:
Day 1: 100 metres, Long jump, Shot putt, High jump, 400 metres
Day 2: 110 hurdles, Pole vault, Discus, Javelin, 1500 metres
- 3D graphics (much as we still enjoy the original arcade “Decathlon” game, we couldn't bring ourselves to use 2D graphics in creating “2012”)
- familiar “button-bashing” play controls, combined with bespoke touch-screen inputs specifically designed for each individual event
- the option of competing in each of the 10 events individually, or collectively as a decathlon
- 3 player-selectable game-difficulty levels; “easy”, “medium” and “hard”
- local high scores, both for the decathlon and for each of the 10 individual events
- universal app; buy once and use on your iPod touch, iPhone and iPad at no extra cost
About Track & Field (the arcade “Decathlon” game): the arcade game, released in 1983, was known as Hyper Olympics in Japan. The simple game play, based on quick repeating button presses, set the ground rules for sequels and similar games in the genre for decades afterwards. In the original arcade game, the player uses two "run" buttons (or a trackball in later units) and one "action" button to control an athlete competing in six events: 100 Meter Dash, Long jump, Javelin throw, 110 Meter Hurdles, Hammer and High jump. In each event, there is a qualifying time or level that the player must achieve to advance to the next event; failing to qualify (in one heat for running events or three tries in the other events) will reduce the player's number of lives by one, but if none are present in his/her disposal, the game will end.
About Ashton Eaton's Decathlon 2012 (“2012”): this game, “2012”, is a Summer Games 3D: Special Edition.
About Ashton Eaton (Source: Wikipedia): Ashton James Eaton (born January 21, 1988) is an American decathlete, who competes for the Oregon Track Club Elite team based in Eugene, Oregon. He holds the World Record in both the decathlon and heptathlon events, and is only the second decathlete (after Roman Šebrle) to break the 9,000-point barrier, with 9,039 points. He is a two-time medalist (one gold, one silver) at the World Championships. He qualified to represent the United States in the decathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
About Elite: Elite Systems Group Ltd is a British game publisher.
The previously published ‘concept’ video is available to view here:
For further information please contact:
Steve Wilcox, Elite®
Tel. + 44 (0) 154 326 8826
App Store links (valid from weekend of 3rd August, 2012):
‘ASHTON EATON’S DECATHLON 2012’: App - £0.69/€0.79/US$0.99 iPhone / iPad ‘(Universal’ app) - http://tinyurl.com/bvmyglb
This Program (c) 2012 Elite Systems Group Ltd.
Ashton Eaton is an internationally renowned athlete and owns and controls all rights title and interests in his marketable identity and / or any trait that uniquely identifies him including his name, nick name, likeness, portrait, performance, biographical facts, character, reputation, goodwill, personality, signature and trademark registrations. All rights reserved.
Elite® is a registered trademark in the UK and elsewhere and is used with permission.
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